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Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Most Gambling Foes

photo of Rob Walgate

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that all but one opponent of recently expanded gambling in the state have no standing to challenge the constitutionality of casino and racino betting in court.

The court sided with one man who said he wanted to operate a casino and said his rights to do that were violated by the state allowing only certain companies to operate casinos. But the court ruled that 12 other people and the anti-gambling group The Ohio Roundtable couldn’t sue the state over racinos. The Roundtable’s Rob Walgate is disappointed, saying this closes the door to holding elected officials accountable.

“It’s clear Gov. Kasich and the Legislature have violated the Constitution. But Ohioans will never see the facts of those cases presented because the courts have slammed the door in the face of the people trying to present the facts and said that they are not granted standing.”

Walgate says his group will spend the next few days trying to come up with another way to challenge the validity of gambling at racetracks and Ohio’s four casinos.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.